Local - Attractions
What to See!
Adventures by the Sea: Exploring the Monterey Bay is easy with guided kayak tours and kayak, bicycle and four-wheeled surrey rentals from Adventures by the Sea. Visit website.
Big Sur: The stunning Big Sur coastline, which stretches for ninety miles south of Carmel, offers unparalleled opportunities for hiking, photography, dining and recreation. Visit website.
Cannery Row: The Monterey Bay Aquarium, an IMAX theatre, and a wealth of shopping, dining and entertainment options make Cannery Row an exciting destination. Visit website.
Carmel Mission: This historic treasure dates back to 1771 and boasts charming flower-filled courtyards, rare artifacts and five captivating museums. Visit website.
Carmel Walks: Discover Carmel-by-the-Sea’s hidden gardens, enchanting architecture and fascinating history on this two-hour guided walking tour. Visit website.>
Culinary Center of Monterey: Students master basic cooking techniques and prepare gourmet cuisine in this popular, ocean-view culinary facility. Visit website.
Monterey Bay Aquarium: Jellies, sharks, otters and penguins are among more than 35,000 animals and plants on display in 200 galleries at this award-winning aquarium. Visit website.
Monterey County wine country: Vineyard and tasting rooms throughout the region showcase blends made from more than 35,000 acres of Monterey County wine grapes. Visit website.
Monterey Movie Tours: On this tour, guests view scenes from some of 200 movies shot locally while visiting the very sights where they were filmed. Visit website.
Monterey Museum of Art: Two MMA locations feature early California art, contemporary creations and photography from Ansel Adams, Edward Weston and others. Visit website.
Monterey's Path of History: Explore beautifully maintained adobes and historic sites on this self-guided walking tour through historic downtown Monterey. Visit website.
National Steinbeck Center: Interactive displays, multi-sensory exhibits and seven themed theaters honor the life, literature and legacy of Salinas native John Steinbeck. Visit website.
Whale watching: While December-March is the height of the migration season, the Monterey Bay offers year-round opportunities for whale watching adventures. Visit website.